Rat Fever

Co-presented with aluCine Toronto Latin Film + Media Arts Festival
2011 | 110 min | Black and White | Fiction

Fri, Oct 19 9:15 PM
The Royal

A Febre do Rato
Claudio Assis
Script: Hilton Lacerda
Editor: Karen Harley
Cinematographer: Walter Carvalho
Music: Jorge du Peixe

With: Irandhyr Santos, Matheus Nachtergaele, Nanda Costa.

Rat Fever is the alcohol-drenched story of an unrequited love. The poet Zizo, a pure-bred anarchist, is lost as soon as he meets the sober Eneida. She doesn’t mind being his muse, but she won’t go any further than that – whereas in Zizo’s circle of friends, made up of social losers, Bohemians and other proud outsiders, everyone goes to bed with everyone else. Meanwhile, Zizo is busy with his dubious battle against ‘the system’, using his self-published newsletter ‘Febre do rato’ and a series of subversive street performances that primarily seem to reach his own friends.

Once again, Claudio Assis (Bog of Beasts, 2007, Amarelo Manga, 2003) films in his own region, north-eastern Brazil. He portrays Recife as a clammy, stupefying city filled with filthy slums, but Rat Fever has more optimism and humour than the raw Bog of Beasts. Zizo and his friends make the best of it; their high-spirited battle for ‘freedom, anarchy and sex’ turns Rat Fever into a feverish, erotic manifesto.

Festivals and Awards
Official selection Rotterdam Film Festival 2012 | Paulinia Festival 2011 – Critics award, best feature, actor, actriz, photography, edition, art direction, soundtrack | Triunfo Pernambuco Festival 2011 – Best film, best script for features, best director.


International Sales
Alfredo Calvino / Imovision


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